Authorities seek leads in death of Carver County 90-year-old who was bound, beaten


When Carver County Sheriff's deputies arrived at a San Francisco Township home to check on its 90-year-old occupant Saturday, they were greeted with a shocking sight: the body of a man who had been beaten and bound at the wrists.

According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, the victim's house had also been "ransacked."

It's not yet clear how exactly the victim died, but autopsy results are pending.

He was identified as Earl Arthur Olander, who the Star Tribune described as a lifelong bachelor with a good reputation amongst his neighbors.

Neighbor William Boecker told the paper that Olander was a "stand-up person. You never heard a swear word out of his mouth.”

According to Kare 11, Olander appeared in an NBC news feature covering the longevity of Carver County residents about 17 years ago, when he was 73.

Meanwhile, the quiet rural neighborhood is aghast at the crime and some are no longer confident in the safety of their community.

Boecker told KSTP that with no apparent reason for the death and nobody in custody, "no one feels safe."

Authorities are now seeking suspects and asking anyone with information about the attack to come forward.

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